THE Bulawayo Provincial Zanu PF youth league have expressed a vote of no confidence on their current chairperson, Anna Mokgohloa who they say was imposed on them.
Instead, the youth are calling for elections to elect a new chairperson.
Mokgohloa was appointed acting chairperson for Bulawayo province following the suspension of Khumbulani Mpofu for allegedly fanning factionalism in January 2016.
In an interview with Radio Dialogue, Zanu PF Bulawayo Central Business District youth chairperson Magura Charumbira, said the members were not pleased with Mokgohloa’s leadership skills.
“All the youths are not happy, we don’t want the imposed provincial youth Leader at all. She was just imposed without our consent. We want her team to be dissolved and the will of the people to take precedence. We need proper elections in Bulawayo just like what Masvingo was ordered to do by the Politburo from its meeting yesterday (Wednesday),” he said.
Charumbira accused the provincial chairperson of dabbling into factionalism in order to tarnish the party’s reputation.
“Mokgohloa is now working with (Zanu PF Commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere (alleged to be part of the G40 faction) tarnishing the image of the party. If there are meetings held by Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, she and her team discourage members from attending. That is a sign of disrespect,” he said.
Charumbira said the youths were against the imposition of candidates ahead of the 2018 elections.
“Zanu PF is not somebody’s project, it’s a people’s party but in Bulawayo it’s just a project which is benefiting the few, and it is very sad to note that for all the constituencies and wards, 2018 candidates for councillors and members of parliament have been set already. These will be later imposed on us by the so called G40.”
Another member of the Bulawayo Provincial Zanu PF Youth league who requested anonymity, concurred Mokgohloa does not have the youths’ interest at heart.
“The chairperson is being used by seniors in the party who are outside Bulawayo. Other members of the youth executive tried to address these concerns with their chairperson but it was to no avail,” he alleged.
“Youths in Bulawayo structure are loyal to the Party and the president, and they want to campaign for Zanu PF in 2018 but the current leadership is short of ideas,” said the youth.
Meanwhile a Radio Dialogue intern was manhandled by some Zanu PF youths while covering a youth inter-district meeting held at Davis Hall Wednesday afternoon, whose agenda was clarification of housing stands, illegal suspensions and tribalism rocking the province.
The youths began arguing amongst themselves, with some wanting to discuss the issue of housing stands as they had been talking about preparations for the 21st February Movement, which is President Mugabe’s birthday.
The Radio Dialogue intern was recording, taking notes and pictures when four of the party youths accosted him.
He indicated he was a reporter on assignment to cover the meeting.
They ordered him to delete all the pictures he had taken and one of the youths actually grabbed his hand barking at him to delete, of which he did.
After deleting, the Zanu PF youths pulled him and ordered him to show them his phone and they even deleted some more pictures.
Dube was then taken outside and he was asked who he was, who had sent him and what his mission was.
One of the party youths took his phone and sent a ‘call me back’ message to his own phone to check for Dube’s numbers and even demanded the details of person who had assigned him.
Fearing for his safety, the intern complied.
The youths asked Dube where he worked and instinct told him to say Chronicle of which the youth told him to jump in the car with them as they wanted to “drop him off at his workplace” and out of fear, he did so.
The intern said the car had tinted windows and the number plates were printed Zanu-PF Youth League.
“I was afraid of saying I work for Radio Dialogue because some have a perception that we are anti Zanu PF yet that is not the case,” he said.
In the car, the youths threatened him not to report about the arguments that had taken pace among the party youths, saying such would get one beaten up.
The intern was dropped off next to Egodini and one of the youths was assigned to escort him to Chronicle offices where he was left outside.
Contacted for comment, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe, Bulawayo Provincial Chair, Annahstacia Ndlovu said the incident was regrettable and urged reporters to be safe considering that the country was held towards elections.
“No story is worth dying for and we urge reporters to act in line with their ethics. Should they be under attack , reporters must comply with their attackers. MISA Zimbabwe now has a toll free line and reporters must dial that number immediately,” Ndlovu emphasised.